The Portlaoise BC pair meet the Ukraine and India in Halle, with Nevin taking on Vikas Krishan who defeated Steven Donnelly at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year – a tournament he would go on to win gold at.
George Bates, Kieran Molloy, Conor Quinn and Kurt Walker are also between the ropes today in the quarter-finals.
Bates renews acquaintances with German star Artur Bril, Molloy is up against German teen Richard Meinecke while Quinn and Commonwealth silver medalist Walker are also up against Germans Umar Bajwa and Omar El Hag.
Day 1 will be decided over three sessions beginning at 11am, 2.30pm and 7pm (Irish times).
Joe Ward, Kiril Afansev and Dean Gardiner box Thursday.
45th Men’s Chemistry Cup Halle, Germany June 19/24
Q/Finals (1st session, 11am)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Artur Badalian (Ukraine)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Vikas Krishan (India)
Q/Finals (2nd session, 2.30pm)
60kg George Bates (Ireland) v Artur Bril (Germany)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Richard Meinecke (Germany)
Q/Finals (3rd session, 7pm)
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) v Umar Bajwa (Germany)
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Omar El Hag (Germany)
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Mehmet Nadir (Germany) or Pavil Silygan (Russia)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Lucian Kohne (Germany)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Angel Gomez-Larduet (Cuba)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg George Bates (St Mary’s)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Joe Ward (Sparticus)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
Head coach: Zaur Antia
Coahes: Michael Carruth, Philip Keogh, Paul Thompson